Study looks at traffic impacts of opening Zia Road station

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  • Study: Opening Zia Road station won’t immediately hurt traffic conditions

    Developer Merritt Brown, whose firm has a stake in the land adjacent to the Zia Road Rail Runner station, has been waiting for the state to complete its study on the possible impacts of opening the station. ‘We’ve been in a holding pattern,’ he said. ‘I need to be able to go through the report and analyze it and make some decisions from whatever this report’s recommendations are and then decide which way we’re going to go from there.’ Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 12:04 am, Wed Feb 26, 2014.

Traffic at the corner of Zia Road and St. Francis Drive would continue to operate at acceptable levels even if a so-far-unused commuter train station were to open today.

But by the year 2038, Zia would need an additional left turn lane and another through lane between St. Francis and Galisteo Road to handle a projected increase in eastbound traffic, according to a recently released study of the intersection.

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  • Karen Peterson posted at 10:29 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    weirdwanda Posts: 12

    We never needed a station here! The South Capitol station is 5 minutes away! Who is going to ride the Rail Runner to go to a strip mall? Living nearby, I witness the traffic snarls every day, not to mention the noise and air pollution; and the greed of Merritt Brown-nose is evident all over town (note all of the unleased commercial properties all over town). The Zia Station was a waste of taxpayer dollars, and I will continue to fight its opening and the resulting over-development of the land adjacent to it and my home.

  • Thomas Franks posted at 9:00 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    tunelesschalace Posts: 103

    I'll never understand why they built the station without settling these concerns first. I'm for the station and would use it if opened. All the "nimby" concerns should have addressed FIRST as well as the traffic conditions. It seems so topsy turvy to me that it could happen only in my beloved Santa Fe![wink];

  • scott smart posted at 8:56 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    scott Posts: 11

    How odd, it seems like all these studies should have been conducted before the station was constructed. And perhaps also the necessary easements should have been defined.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:29 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2888

    That intersection sure could use a pedestrian overpass or two.

  • christopher quintana posted at 7:42 am on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    christopher quintana Posts: 36

    Imagine a safe crossing to walk from neighborhood to grocery store. Traffic? Get out of the car


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